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A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

Why Movies and TV Series Like "24" Are So Emotionally Gripping

Though loving the long-running TV series "24," I've often found it too painful to view. So greatly that I stopped watching long before its concluding episode. Considering why, I concluded that some script elements of 24 reawaken unconscious childhood fears. "24" portrays a toddler's world: one of great, continuing danger; one where "betrayal" is constant, in the guise of failing to immediately and continuously gain nurturing from their parents when needed; a world of immensely powerful powerful adults in contrast to the helplessness of children. While these elements are present in every episode of "24," each viewer possesses unique childhood fears that also may be symbolized in other actions viewed.
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